International Business Management (MBA ERP)

Tutkinto: Master of Business Administration, MBA
Opintomuoto: Part-time studies
Opintojen laajuus:90
Kampus: Talonpojankatu Campus, Talonpojankatu 2, Kokkola
Aloituspaikat: 10
Haku alkaa: 10.7.2019
Haku päättyy: 7.8.2019
Additional application period starts on 10th July 2019 (applicants with Finnish certificate)

Who is the Degree Programme for?

You are eligible if you have a higher education degree completed in Finland or EU/EEA area in the field of business. You also need to have at least three years of work experience in business and administration and a command of English required for the studies.

What Are the Objectives of the Programme?

The programme aims to increase professional knowledge of international business management, especially in the focus area of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and SAP, which is an integrated business solution software used by more than 80% of the largest companies in the world. To keep up with the requirements of the changes in the labour market, this programme educates and trains business professionals to use, apply and work in specific SAP contexts and software. Having completed the programme, the student has grown into a business management professional with capabilities of up-to-date skills and knowledge of management and enterprise resource planning.

How are the Studies Organized?

This programme is based on multimodal learning methods. Courses are mostly offered online, including online studies (Abode Connect or similar) once or twice per month on an average. Additionally, independent distance studies (on student’s own time) are required. The emphasis of learning is on independent work as well as on solving distant learning assignments and development projects. The thesis as a development project is an essential part of the studies.

Content of the Studies

Studies focus on international business management and enterprise resource planning. The programme provides students with both theoretical and hands-on experience to use ERP/SAP and its different solutions, for instance, SAPS/4HANA, Business Warehouse (BWonHANA and BW/4HANA) and Solution Manager. The ERP/SAP projections are practiced in Centria's  SAP Next-Gen Lab (NGL), which is the first SAP NGL concept & environment launched in Northern-Europe. Students may opt-in to pass the official SAP certification test during their studies, offering them the official SAP recognition on the labour market. The final thesis consists of a development project conducted for a business or other organisation.

Occupational Profiles

The graduates may work in different business specialist or management positions. Graduates are skilled in managing ERP/SAP solutions and may apply to career options requiring knowledge about SAP. Under the Finnish legislation, a person who has taken a Master's degree at a university of applied sciences is qualified for posts or positions in the public sector for which the qualification requirement is a first cycle/second cycle degree. In some cases, the qualification requirement also includes the completion of studies in certain specific fields of study.


You are eligible for this MBA programme if you have a higher education degree completed in Finland or EU/EEA area in the field of business. You also need to have at least three years of work experience in business and administration and a command of English required for the studies. You also need to have at least three years of work experience in business and administration and a command of English required for the studies.

Work experience completed by 31 July 2019 will be taken into account. Work experience does not have to be continuous or earned with the same employer. Practical training or on-the-job training that is included in the degree used for applying does not count as work experience.

The Admissions Office will verify the work experience testimonials from the admitted students. The admission is conditional until the information entered on the application form and the certificates have been checked.

Entrepreneurship will be accepted as work experience if an applicant can produce a certificate attesting that he or she is or has been covered under the statutory YEL or MYEL pension scheme. (YEL = statutory pension scheme for entrepreneurs; MYEL = statutory pension scheme for farmers, forest estate owners, fishers and reindeer herders and their family members). Enterprising activities abroad should be substantiated with comparable official documents.


Work experience is given in full months. When converting part-time work (work under 35 hours per week) into its full-time equivalent, 150 hours or 20 working days lasting at least 7 hours per day correspond to one month of work. Work experience does not have to be continuous or obtained with the same employer. The amount of work experience points awarded for simultaneous employment relationships may not exceed the amount awarded for full-time employment.

Military or non-military national service, women’s voluntary military service or child-care leave will not be counted towards work experience.


Attachments to the application

Applicants applying with a qualification completed elsewhere than in Finland and who are not a citizen of an EU/EEA country need to send the following attachments to the Admission Office of Centria UAS:

  1. A copy of the degree certificate and the transcript of records in the original language.
  2. Authorized translation of the degree certificate and the transcript if the originals are not issued in Finnish, Swedish or English. The translation must have the translator’s signature and stamp.
  3. A copy of the work certificates 

English language proficiency

English language skills will be tested in the entrance exam.

How to apply?

Click here to apply.



Entrance exams

Entrance exams arrange in 17th April at 4 p.m. Finnish time (UTC +2). An entrance exam will be an online exam so applicants can take part in their home countries. Applicants have two hours (from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) time to answer all the questions. An entrance exam includes an article and questions regarding this article.

Applicants also submit a motivation video. Please prepare a video where you answer the following:

- What are your strengths, what are your weaknesses?
- How do the studies in this programme support your professional goals?
- How do your previous studies and work experience support successful studying in this specific degree programme?
- What kind of expertise do you have in computers and IT skills?
- What kind of expertise do you have in Enterprise Resource Planning?

The length of the video should be approx. 3-5 minutes. Upload your content to a video or document sharing service (eg. YouTube, Word Press). Make sure that there are no access restrictions to your video. Also make sure that the privacy settings of your video are in order. Keep your video available until the results of the student selection are published. The video can be made for example with a phone or tablet PC - the technical quality of it isn't the most important thing.

A motivation video is submitted at the same time when you are taking part in the entrance exam. Please notice that you should create this motivation video beforehand so you can only upload it during the entrance exam. You will be given more instructions after the application round.

More information

Ms Katarina Broman     
Principal Lecturer                           
tel. +358 40 729 9960                            

Mr Janne Peltoniemi
Principal Lecturer
tel. +358 40 808 5127

Admissions Services
tel. +358 40 808 6604


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